Boston Marathon memorials are in the works

Keflezighi, who plans to retire from racing after the New York City marathon in November, stopped after his victory to touch the hand of Bill Richard, whose 8-year-old son Martin was the youngest person to die in the bombing.

"I just felt that I had to run the Boston Marathon".

Top-seeded distance runner Lemi Berhanu Hayle, of Ethiopia, participates in a Boston Marathon media availability Friday, April 14, 2017, in advance of Monday's race in Boston. In 1967, Katherine Switzer, became the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon.

Rupp battled desperately to stay in touch but was unable to respond as Kirui kept the pace up to leave the Oregon-based American in second in 2:09:58.

"It's going to be great", Switzer told NESN in an interview ahead of the 2017 Boston Marathon.

Rupp, a three-time Olympian making his Boston debut, was 21 seconds behind and Japan's Suguru Osako was another 30 seconds back. Kenyan athletics was left reeling earlier this month after news that Kenya's 2016 Olympic women's marathon champion Jemima Sumgong had failed a drugs test. In his last competitive Boston run, he finished 13th in 2:17:00 despite pain in his quad muscles. That was the fastest marathon in history at the time, though not a world record because the Boston course does not qualify for world records. This is Hug's third straight Boston Marathon win.

"People say, 'Why stop?"

At the time, women were woefully marginalized in the world of athletics.

It's the first time Kiplagat, a two-time world champion, has raced Boston. He plans one more run in NY before retiring from competitive racing. "And it was one that made me bound and determined to change things for women", she told the Boston Globe. "When Americans break the tape, it's going to be a big deal here".

Deba is hoping for another victory and a first chance at all the honors that come with it. "We have the podium for both men and women, so the future is great".

Elite runners could finish the race in as little as two hours and ten minutes - Galen Rupp, fresh off a bronze medeal at the Rio Olympics in the marathon with a time of 2:10:05 looks to be America's best bet to bring home a win, but most runners will take about five hours to complete the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon. "And there's no place better to do it than Boston". Desi Linden, who was second in Boston by 2 seconds in 2011, finished fourth - the first time since 1991 that two US women have finished in the top four. She went on to finish the race in 4:20:02. Geoffrey crossed the line and claimed the Men's 2017 Boston Marathon championship! Spokeswoman Julia Hadlock said Guiding Eyes is the only center in the country that trains dogs for running, along with their other functions.

If they pass their training, the puppies will be sent to people who are blind or visually impaired, or as service dogs for children with autism.

  • Aubrey Nash